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Farmers Diversify Businesses to Attract Tourists
Friday, October 24, 2014
Fun on the farm is in full swing across the United States, as many farms host festivals and other activities to attract tourists. Whether visitors go to pick their own apples, take a wagon ride, or wander through a corn maze, they all want to have a unique experience. This trend, called agricultural tourism, has become a fast growing sector in the U.S. As VOA’s June Soh tells us in this report narrated by Carol Pearson, the trend in tourism helps farmers generate additional income and... (Full Story)

Farmers Diversify Businesses to Attract Tourists
Friday, October 24, 2014
As the weather gets cooler across the United States, and the days grow shorter, many American families head to the farm. Whether they go to pick their own apples, take a hay ride, or wander through a corn maze, they are part of a fast growing sector of the U.S. economy - agricultural tourism. Agritourism, for short, helps farmers generate additional income and boosts the rural economy. Montpelier Farms in Prince George’s County in Maryland, about 40 kilometers from Washington offers a... (Full Story)

Dominican Republic: Reaction to Court ruling shows shocking disregard for international law
Amnesty International - Friday, October 24, 2014
Headline Title:  Dominican Republic: Reaction to Court ruling shows disregard for international law 24 October 2014 The dismissive reaction of the Dominican Republic to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ ruling on human rights abuses suffered by Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants demonstrates a shocking disregard for international law and the country’s legal responsibilities, said Amnesty International. Earlier this week the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) handed down a ruling calling on the Dominican Republic to provide redress for human rights… (Full Story)

Iran: Halt execution of woman set to be hanged at dawn
Amnesty International - Friday, October 24, 2014
Headline Title:  Iran: Halt execution of woman set to be hanged at dawn 24 October 2014 The Iranian authorities must stop the execution of a woman due to be hanged tomorrow morning after being convicted for the killing of a man whom she said tried to sexually abuse her, said Amnesty International. Reyhaneh Jabbari was sentenced to death in 2009 after a deeply flawed investigation and trial. Her execution was due to be carried out on 30 September but was postponed for 10 days. “Time is running out for Reyhaneh Jabbari, the authorities must act now to stop her execution,”… (Full Story)

Erdogan: Free Syrian Army to Join Kobani Fight
Friday, October 24, 2014
Turkey's president says Syrian Kurds and Free Syrian Army fighters are joining forces to defend the city of Kobani from Islamic State militants. Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters on Friday that Kurdish militia forces are finalizing how the Western-backed, moderate rebel group will get 1,300 troops to Syria's northern border with Turkey. But a leader of a major Syrian Kurdish party has reportedly said there is no deal yet. Reuters reports that PYD co-chair Saleh Moslem... (Full Story)

Hong Kong Protesters Focus on Holding Volatile Mong Kok
Friday, October 24, 2014
Two Hong Kong protest sites occupied by pro-democracy activists, the city's financial district and a high-end retail area, have been relatively calm, but the third site, the working class neighborhood Mong Kok, continues to be contentious. Activists say holding Mong Kok is key to the success of their movement, despite confrontations with angry residents, anti-protest groups and police. In Mong Kok there are often lively discussions between pro-democracy activists and... (Full Story)

US Nurse ‘Cured of Ebola,’ NIH Says
Friday, October 24, 2014
A U.S. nurse diagnosed with Ebola after caring for a Liberian patient has been found virus-free and has been discharged from the National Institutes of Health in suburban Washington. Nina Pham, a nurse at a Dallas, Texas, hospital that treated the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, told reporters and supporters Friday she is grateful for her recovery. She was flown in last week for treatment at NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. She added that she is mindful of others who... (Full Story)

EU Claims Headway on Climate, Ebola
Friday, October 24, 2014
European leaders agreed Friday to a billion-dollar funding boost for the fight against Ebola in West Africa, as they wrapped up a summit marked by a key agreement over climate change and divisions on financial issues. The new European Union assistance for the Ebola fight — 1 billion euros, or about $1.27 billion — amounts to a victory for British Prime Minister David Cameron, who has been pushing the bloc to do more to respond to the deadly outbreak. He told reporters he... (Full Story)

Security Forces: At least 25 Dead in Attack in Egypt's Sinai
Friday, October 24, 2014
At least 25 members of the Egyptian security forces were killed in a car bomb attack on a checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula on Friday, security sources said. That number was up from the 10 earlier reported dead.  At least 27 soldiers were injured in the attack in the al-Kharouba area northwest of al-Arish, near the border with the Gaza Strip, sources said. Eyewitnesses had earlier heard a loud explosion near the Egyptian town of al-Arish in the Sinai Peninsula on Friday... (Full Story)

Islamic State Militants Encroach on Baghdad
Friday, October 24, 2014
In recent months, Islamic State fighters have overrun Iraqi forces in the western part of the country, capturing nearly all of Anbar province while trying to carve out a path to Baghdad. While the U.S. military says the Iraqi capital is not under "imminent threat," officials are concerned that the militants' gains in Anbar will provide the means for an assault on Baghdad’s perimeter. Despite resistance from Iraqi troops and various militias, as well as coalition air... (Full Story)

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